The Good Soldiers Author:David Finkel It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it the surge. “Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences,” he told a skeptical nation. Among those liste... more »ning were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them.
Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home forever changed. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel was with them in Bagdad, and almost every grueling step of the way.
What was the true story of the surge? And was it really a success? Those are the questions he grapples with in his remarkable report from the front lines. Combining the action of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down with the literary brio of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, The Good Soldiers is an unforgettable work of reportage. And in telling the story of these good soldiers, the heroes and the ruined, David Finkel has also produced an eternal tale—not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time.« less
Very hard to put this book down. Read this book to find out what really happens on a daily basis to the men and women at war. It will give you a better understanding as to why soldiers who come back are often never the same.
Every member of Congress should be forced to read this book. Although it deals with the war in Iraq, the descriptions of the combat conditions and the impact on the soldiers has to be the same. This book is an account by an imbedded reporter of one units actual experiences during a tour of duty in Baghdad, how they planned to help the locals, and how they grew to hate the locals as their casualties mounted.